By Tiffany Tsui & Shannon Mullen O’Keefe
You drop by the supermarket and decide to pick up a bunch of bananas. (On an app for choosing bananas the greenish ones are your type.)
You decide on just the right bunch and reach in to pick it up and — it screams.
The bananas are talking, you think. No, screaming!
OK, now you’re a little panicky.
What’s going on with the bananas?
A future in which our food will be empowered to tell us everything isn’t very far off.
In the fall of 2000, before we lost our innocence, before the towers came crashing down, before a Harvard dropout connected and upended the world, and when “binge” still meant wildly over-eating, Tribeca Films held a digital film and technology conference.
No, this wasn’t the nascent Tribeca Film Festival, which is running in Manhattan through June 20. There were no red carpets, no premiering films, just discussions about how technology and the Internet were changing film and entertainment. …
The amount of money that is about to be thrown at modernizing government legacy systems is staggering. The rescue package alone allocates several billion dollars to it, and that’s on top of what’s been spent over the past year trying to make systems at the federal, state, and local levels rise to the pandemic occasion. Philanthropy is opening its pocketbooks as well. For those who’ve been wishing for this for years, we are in a big “be careful what you wish for” moment. So, folks, what’s the plan?
Top of the list will be state unemployment insurance systems. And as…
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